Gillian Cornell 
Fundraising & Volunteer Management 
Telephone # 519-624-9305 ext. 100
Charitable # 890259419 RR0001

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Our mission is to provide safe shelter, and to offer programs and services in support of the hopes and needs of people dealing with life issues.

Program Impact

Saginaw House Recovery Home for Young & Adult Men 

Saginaw House provides a stable, abstinence-based, residential community environment for ten young and adult males waiting to attend residential rehabilitation treatment, or returning to the community after graduating from a recognized residential rehabilitation treatment program.

Saginaw House builds on a fundamental belief that our residents are served best not when we provide for them, but when we are able to give them the tools to live successful, independent lives, both in and out of treatment. Saginaw House strives to provide an atmosphere conductive in continuing recovery, concentrating upon the rehabilitation principals advocated during treatment, aftercare and recognized 12 step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous. With a success rate of 70%, residents are encouraged to upgrade their education, obtain employment, and restore family relationships and become productive members of the community.

Lack of a stable, structured drug and alcohol free environment can be a serious obstacle to recovery from addictions and mental health, and can derail recovery for even the most motivated individual. Furthermore, holistic support for addictions, mental health and concurrent disorders is limited and the Waterloo community lacks appropriate residential supports for men in recovery.

Residents are referred by the hospital, recovery centres and Cambridge Shelter. Saginaw House provides a team approach including certified addiction counsellors, a peer support worker, a housing worker, a Cambridge Shelter trustee staff person to help with money management and budgeting, and in-house staff to provide a bio-psycho-social model to recovery. Life skills and tools for maintaining sobriety are taught in a coaching style.

Since the program’s inception in 2011, 44 males over 6 years have benefited to the point of stability within the community, while 10 remaining males are currently in residence.

Donation Impact

Saginaw House relies on funding from donors such as you. We do not receive any funding from the Regional, Provincial or Federal governments for this vital service to our community.

Residents of Saginaw House contribute on average $425 a month of their own funds for rent, costs of programming and utilities. The total cost of programming, rent, heat an hydro, and other incidentals is $575 a month per person.

For $150 per resident, per month, you can provide everything one man would need to permanently get out of homelessness and addiction. A gift of $61,000 would help run Saginaw House for one year in its entirety.

Giving Opportunity

We are one of a select group of charities in Canada that have received Imagine Canada’s accreditation for the highest standards of board governance, financial accountability and transparency, fundraising, staff management and volunteer involvement. We ask individuals and companies in the region to donate gifts-in-kind (product and services) such as food (meat and vegetables are constantly in need for the men to cook healthy meals), toiletries such as shampoo, razors, deodorant, and small appliances and household items (such as new bedding and towels) are always in need.

Saginaw House utilizes volunteers to help with recreational and mental health programming. This allows us to focus hard earned dollars raised on our people (staff) who are the reason Saginaw House has helped so many men get their lives back.

Saginaw House, however, is most in need of donation dollars. Please see the section “Donation Impact” for how your dollars can best be utilized to get men permanently our of homelessness.